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What does Mac mean?

Mac [mac] as a boys' name is pronounced mak. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Mac is "son of".

Scottish and Irish surname prefix used as a given name or nickname. Mack is an ancient Scottish given name. See also Mackenzie, Maxwell, and Mc-.

Associated with: gaelic, scottish, surname, ancient.


Mac has 4 variants: Mack, Mackey, Mackie and Macklin.

Related boy names: Maximilian and Maximus.

Mac has 2 more alternative forms via Mackenzie, Maxwell, Mc-: Mccoy and Mckay.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Mad, Mic, ..

(female) Ma, Maca, ..

How popular is Mac?

Mac is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#979 out of 1220, Top 80%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#14664 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Mac for boys. Mac reached its peak position of #493 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #1150. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mac name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mac outside U.S.

Prominent alternative forms of Mac (#1150 in recent rankings) are Mack (#803 in recent rankings), Mackenzie, Mackie, Maximilian (#445), Maximus (#192), Maxwell (#107), Mccoy (#1193) and Mckay. These relations of Mac were favored by parents in 2014 (adoption of 0.37%), except for forms like Mackenzie which have become less in vogue. Maximilian, Maximus and Maxwell are three of the more chic birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mac, Mack, Mackenzie, Mackie, Maximilian in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maximus, Maxwell, Mccoy, Mckay in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mackenzie, Maximilian, Maxwell outside U.S.

Similar Names


Mac is alike in pronunciation to Maik, Mick, Mike and Myke. Other recommended names are Mace, Macy, Man, Mar, Marc, Mat and Max. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mac.